Atletico, Marseille Brace Up For Epic Europa League Clash

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

The 31-year-old playmaker is about to star within the closing towards Atletico Madrid in Lyon on Wednesday night time after leaving the Hammers in 2017.

While Madrid boasts big-name forwards in Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, not to mention Fernando Torres and Kevin Gameiro on the bench, Marseille does not have a recognized top-class striker.

Speaking ahead of the game, Torres looked ahead to the opportunity of picking up his first major trophy as an Atleti player, as well as forgetting about the twilight of his career due to the busy preparations.

Victory for the French club on home soil in Lyon against the 2010 and 2012 champions would be another surprise result, and if the underdogs are to come through successfully, they know they need to keep Griezmann, who was born near Lyon, in check.

Marseille, meanwhile, are aiming for Euro glory on the 25th anniversary of their Champions League triumph. There's a lot on the line in this one, more so for the French side, but both teams will be determined to potentially lift their only trophy of the season.

He was seen as a minor fitness doubt for Wednesday's game after sitting out Marseille's 3-3 draw at Guingamp last week, but he trained on the eve of the final.

Rolando, the Brazilian defender, was Marseille's hero against Salzburg with the winning goal in extra time last time out, but they will be without him for the final because of a calf injury. Their previous campaigns ended in the round of 16 (2009/10), the group stage (2012/13) and the round of 32 (2015/16).

He said: "They can play in different ways".

"We will play in a new final, where there are many feelings, emotions, belief, but above all there is humility".

He said: "Twenty-five years ago Marseille became the first French club to win the Champions League and we have another chance to be first forever by becoming the first French club to win the Europa League".

"We know that Atletico stand in our way and that it will be a very hard mission, but that would make it an even greater achievement if we managed to win the trophy".

"Olympique de Marseille have been magnificent in the Europa League".

"They're a risky team offensively". It'll be a handsome final. "Their full backs are also very unsafe".